Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene a little stronger

Hurricane Irene has strengthened as it bears down on the Bahamas on a path toward the eastern United States. [source: Voice of America]

The White House on Wednesday urged people on the East Coast to be prepared for the possible impact of Hurricane Irene, which could pose threat to people living on its path. [source: Xinhua]

As forecast, Irene has strengthened on Wednesday, with top sustained winds now blowing at 120 miles per hour (mph). The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says conditions are favorable for some further strengthening, and Irene could become a category four storm in the next day or so. [source: Baltimore Sun]

Irene is moving northwest at 12 mph, according to the NHC. Hurricane conditions with high winds, heavy rain and deadly surf are occurring over parts of the southeastern Bahamas. [source: Bloomberg]

NASA satellite images captured Irene this morning just as it developed a classic eye and attained major hurricane status. [source: Houston Chronicle]

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